Day 1 Schedule

VASCAN Day 1 Schedule

Day 2 Schedule

VASCAN Day 2 Schedule

Keynote Speaker

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Benjamin Gilbert, CISSP, CRISC, CEH
Cybersecurity Advisor, Region III


Mr. Gilbert serves as a Cybersecurity Advisor in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He supports the Cybersecurity Advisor (CSA) program, the CISA region, and CISA’s mission to strengthen the cybersecurity, reliability, and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure and serves in this role across the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

As a CSA, Mr. Gilbert is a regional point of contact to CISA. It conducts numerous cyber preparedness, risk mitigation, and incident response coordination activities with public and private sector organizations across the region. These activities include conducting outreach efforts, cybersecurity assessments, cybersecurity workshops, fostering public and private partnerships, and assisting with cyber incident response coordination efforts if federal assistance is requested. Additionally, Mr. Gilbert serves this role in an advisory capacity to public and private sector critical infrastructure across the region. Finally, he facilitates the access and participation to any additional CISA cybersecurity resources available to strengthen those organizations’ cybersecurity capabilities.

Before this appointment, Mr. Gilbert had served as a senior analyst with the CSA program’s headquarters, where he led the development of various tools used by the CSA program to measure and strengthen the cybersecurity management capabilities of critical infrastructure organizations, including being a contributor to CISA’s Cyber Resilience Review, Cyber Infrastructure Survey, and External Dependencies Management assessment methodologies. Before joining CISA and DHS, Mr. Gilbert served as an IT Specialist with the Virginia Army National Guard and as a team leader and Airborne Infantryman on active duty in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

Mr. Gilbert has been with CISA and DHS for over 11 years and has over 17 years of experience in cybersecurity spanning the commercial, federal civilian, and DoD communities. He currently holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification.